The Old Ursuline Convent Museum is a Catholic Cultural Center, preserving and commemorating the contributions of the Catholic church on the American settlement community of New Orleans.
The convent, established in the 18th century, is one of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter and designated as a national historic landmark. In addition to a nunnery, the convert has been a hospital, school for girls, archdiocesan central office, as well as an archbishop’s residence.
Learn about the history of the Catholic church in New Orleans and its impact on society. Explore the Archdiocesan archives, including sacramental records of baptisms and marriages, and read letters written by the founding nuns.
See the original cypress staircase, discover the convent’s rooms and the art display of statues, bronze busts, and oil paintings of leading figures and symbols of the church.
Stroll the herb garden and the courtyard, and enjoy special events, including ‘Giving Tuesday’, exhibition previews, and the Archdiocesan Tricentennial Gala.